Emergency contraception awareness in an at‐risk population

Hope, D. L., Hattingh, L. and King, M. A. (2019) J Pharm Pract Res. doi:10.1002/jppr.1554


Consumer awareness of emergency contraception is generally poor. School leavers (schoolies) engage in risky behaviours, including casual sex and alcohol and drug consumption.


The aim of this study was to explore the awareness of an at‐risk population of schoolies regarding the use and availability of emergency contraception.


An electronic survey was self‐administered by participants using Wi‐Fi‐connected iPads at the Schoolies Wristband Distribution Centre, Surfers Paradise, on the first day of Queensland Schoolies Week, November 2017. Outcomes measured were awareness of the availability of emergency contraception from a pharmacy, maximum time for effective use following unprotected intercourse and whether emergency contraception is harmful to the health of the user.


Schoolies completed 498 valid surveys. Most (83.5%) were aged 17 years and 50.8% were aware that emergency contraception is available from community pharmacies with prescription and 36.7% were aware that it is available without prescription; 18.5% were aware of the 72‐ or 120‐h effectiveness window and 38.0% agreed that it is not harmful. All questions were associated with considerable uncertainty. Females were 1.8‐ to 3.2‐fold more likely than males to provide an appropriate response to any emergency contraception statement.


Schoolies’ awareness of emergency contraception availability, effectiveness window and safety was low. At‐risk schoolies may not access emergency contraception when indicated due to fear of harm, uncertainty about its effectiveness window or a lack of knowledge about timely non‐prescription access from community pharmacies. Targeted education may improve current knowledge gaps. The misnomer ‘morning‐after pill’ should be abandoned for the clinically appropriate term ‘emergency contraception.


Resource Kit – Young People and Sexual Health

NSW STI Programs Unit, 2017

The Resource Kit contians tools, fact sheets, activities and protocols for working with young people around sexual health.

Tools supporting organisations to engage in sexual health

Sexual health tools and fact sheets for workers

Fun games to start the sexual health conversations

2016 Snapshot of student feedback on SHINE’s Relationships and Sexual Health program

SHINE SA, August 2017

This report summarises data collected from students who participated in the SHINE SA Focus Schools Program at their school in 2016.

The Focus Schools Program is available to Department for Education and Child Development schools in South Australia that have a secondary years component. In 2016 there were 127 schools involved in the program. The full report is available from SHINE SA.

Key findings:

• 4586 students from 58 Focus Schools submitted a survey.
• 83% of respondents rated the safety and support of the class environment as Good or Excellent.
• 86% of respondents rated the course overall as Good or Excellent.
• 94% of respondents believe the course will be useful to them now or in the future.
• 79% of respondents believe the course was often or always respectful and inclusive of same sex attraction.
• 83% of respondents believe the course was often or always respectful and inclusive of different values and beliefs.
• 27% of respondents have spoken with their family about a program related topic as a result of the lessons they have participated in.
• Parent/carer rated highest (70%) in regard to where young people would go for further information, followed by Friend (51%), Health service (44%), Internet (44%), Teacher (39%), and School Counsellor (29%).
• The 5 most useful topics indicated, in descending order, were: Relationships; Safer sex; STIs; All of it; Condom use.
• 47% indicated that no change was needed to improve the course, with 23% wanting more in-depth information

Respectful relationships education isn’t about activating a gender war

The Conversation, October 20, 2016 6.14am AEDT

It is possible to talk with children and young people about gender without activating a gender war.

There have been claims in the press that programs addressing gender-based violence present all men as “bad” and all women as “victims”.

These claims misrepresent the evidence-based prevention education program to which they refer.

Read more here 

SHine launches LGBTI Cultural Safety and Respect Workforce Training Package

SHine is excited to launch its LGBTI Cultural safety and Respect Training Package!

Creating and sustaining a workplace that values and celebrates sexual and
gender diversity has far reaching benefits for all of the stakeholders in your

By providing a culture of safety and respect for Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, clients or other
stakeholders, your organisation as a whole will benefit from a culture that
values and upholds diversity of all kinds.

SHine SA is the first and only South Australian organisation to be awarded
Rainbow Tick Accreditation for LGBTI Inclusive practice. We are also respected
for our education and training, making us ideally placed to train your staff on
LGBTI Cultural Safety and Respect.

Training outcomes:

> A clear understanding of the definitions and concepts around
LGBTI communities
> An awareness of assumptions, values and beliefs regarding LGBTI people and communities
> Knowledge of Anti-discrimination laws in SA (and recourse)
> How to create a safe and inclusive environment in the workplace for LGBTI people
> An understanding of how to use inclusive and respectful language
> An understanding of the intersectionality of LGBTI and
other identities
> Knowledge of where to find further resources and support services

When: Friday, 24 June 2016, 9am – 12.30pm
Where: SHine SA, 64c Woodville Rd, Woodville (parking off Bower St)
Cost: $75 per person (Student and group discounts available upon application)
Morning tea provided.

Registration: Click here to register

Enquiries: Janiece Pope via email here or on 8300 5300

Download flyer here (PDF) LGBTI Cultural Safety and Respect training

Sex education a major issue for LGBTI people living with disability

Star Observer, 3/12/2015

DISABILITY activists have called for improved sex education and more rural spaces for LGBTI people living with disabilities at a forum in Melbourne today.

Read more here